Ortega I’ve eaten some pretty spectacular seafood on this leg of my odd odyssey but I’d been assured that no trip to Wellington was complete without a visit to Ortega. That was from one of their employees, a pal of mine late of The Bon Vivant, though, so I headed to the much celebrated fish …

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Whitebait It was a proper fucking brute of an evening. The rain was lashing down, the wind was whipping it horizontal and it was basically no kind of night to be out. I was booked to visit one of the town’s finer seafood dining spots and was stuck a troubling distance away so had the …

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Old Wharf Restaurant I’d had a recommendation to check out the Old Wharf Restaurant at the Macq 1 Hotel so popped along on a bright and bracing lunchtime to give it a look. It had the feel of a new or recently refurbished place with some settling in still to do. I got the impression …

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Stillwater Tasmania! My first port of call on a three day sojourn to the island was Launceston. I was unaware of the city’s existence prior to one of the helpful bartenders at 1806 suggesting if I had time it was worth flying into Launceston, spending a night there, then wending my way across the island …

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Matsuya My quest for mid-market Singapore options led me to follow a recommendation from my friend Claire to give Matsuya, a sushi place near Raffles Hotel, a look. Kaiseki – the Japanese tasting menu dinner style from which many western cooking styles draw inspiration – is scarcely an accepted (or acceptable) definition of mid-market but …

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